The statistics on Sarah Wenger’s new infographic are staggering. With 30 billion pieces of content shared monthly by Facebook’s 900 million users and more devices connected to the Internet than there are people on earth, the power of social media is shaping more than our perceptions of the world. It is shaping our world.
At the Social Good Summit in September 2011, USAID Administrator Raj Shah told the audience, “Your voice matters. If you share the facts, if you share the stories, people will pay attention.”
While some people will misuse any technology, Care2 bloggers have written about the positive impact of social media in posts such as these:
- A post on Reddit opened the wallets of that community, bringing in $65,000 for a Kenyan orphanage.
- Reaction to SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IPA Act) were so strong they were scrapped.
- When students cruelly taunted a bus monitor and posted a video of the abuse on YouTube, the online community raised over $700,000 for her.
- As the protests in Tahrir Square unfolded, courageous members of the Egyptian Twitter community kept the government from hiding what was unfolding.
- After tornadoes rampaged through the South in April 2011, a Facebook page helped reunite storm victims with many of their priceless personal items.
Tack this infographic on your virtual bulletin board. Share it with friends. As Wenger says in her introduction to the infographic: “Keep this graphic in mind next timeyou log on, because knowledge is power—and a little knowledge goes a long way in the Internet Age.”
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